See you next year
All over for another year and what a good day we had. Thanks to all the competitors and everyone who helped out on the day it really was a fantastic day. We shall shortly change the website again but have patience until it happens.
See you all again next year at Lemhill Farm, Lechlade on Saturday the 30th September.
We have a really lovely site this year with the car park, stands,marquee and main arena all on grass. The weather forecast is good so come along and no need to wear wellies.
With less than a week to go the committee have been on site marking out and this really is a lovely site with great views over to the ridgeway and most of the site on grass.
So try and get there early on Saturday to be able to get round all the ploughing and attractions.
We do apologise but two mistakes have been spotted in the programme. One is the Children's section in the Homecraft is actually last years competition, so if you are entering check the shedule on the home page of the web site.
And next years match will be held on the 30th September(the last Saturday in September) and not the 23rd.
Sorry but we are only human and do sometimes make mistakes.
The ploughing match goes from strength to strength getting more popular every year but sadly there seem to be fewer hedgelayers about for the competition. So this year the prize money has been increased and there will be £25 cutting money for anyone completing their stint. As usual it will be Midland style, with prizes for the Open class, Juniors and a Local champion, so come on and give it a go.
What a day
Well it's all over for another year. We were truly blessed with with such good weather again which made it such a good day. Thank you to all the committee,ploughmen,stewards,judges,trades people,exhibitors and everyone else that helped on the day to make it so good. See you all next year at Quenington on the last Saturday in September.
Wellies not needed
Everything is ready for a great show tomorrow. The site is a bit uneven mainly due to the vehicles driving on it today but after the heavy rain during the week it has dried out well and there is no need to wear wellies.
The weather forecast is good so come along for an entertaining country day.
Gates open to the public from 8.30am.
Dogs are welcome especially terriers for the racing.
England V Wales World Cup Rugby in the marquee
Join us in the marquee in the evening for a live broadcast on a huge screen for the rugby match. The bar will still be open and there will be a pig roast as well. It should be a great night (for the English).
Come along from 7.30pm onwards with kick off at 8pm.
Change to main ring attractions
Unfortunately the parade of beagles will now not take place. Sadly they will not be able to make it to the show.
This years site
We have another really excellent site again this year. The ploughing will all be in the same field as the marquee and main ring. Superb ploughing ground, and the hedgelaying competition will be on a good hedge very close to the site. So if the weather is right it should be a really special day. See you there.
We do hope everyone enjoyed their visit to the show. It was a really excellent day, great weather an a superb site. Thanks to everyone that made it such a successful day.
All is ready
Everything is now set up ready for tomorrow. The weather looks good and it should be a very enjoyable day.
Please follow all road signs into the site, and to exit you will be directed through Cote, this is due to the narrow roads.
Unfortunately due to building work we have had to change the hedge for the competition. But the good news is that the hedge is only one field away from the site, an easy short walk. It is also a good young hedge mainly of maple, so it will still be hand tools only.
No noisy chainsaws just the sound of billhooks, axes and hedgelayers swearing.
The weather forecast is still dry for all the week. So the ploughing will be hard but at least there will be no need for wellies.
Please be warned that unfortunately the site is very uneven, so do go carefully.
Record tractor entries
Tractor Entries have now closed with a record number of 118.
So we can expect a busy and competitive day.
Although it may be a bit too dry for good ploughing it will be the same for all the ploughmen.
Craft Tent now full
The Craft tent is now fully booked up and there is definitely no more room.
Sadly the ferret racing has had to be cancelled this year due to illness among the ferrets. But they will be back next year.
This years site
This year we have another excellent site at Old Shifford. The main marquee will probably be close to the old Chapel of St Mary's with good views over the whole site. The ploughing will be on oilseed rape stubble that will have been topped and should provide some good ploughing.
The hedgelaying competition is an easy walk away, with a good hedge that for this year there will be no chainsaws allowed.
This show is run entirely by volunteers but sadly each year there seem to be fewer people willing to help. So if you are willing to help out on the day please get in contact with us. If you have even a small knowledge of ploughing then maybe you could help steward a tractor class or help with the steam engines or the horses. The homecraft section could always do with extra help. And of course there are less glamorous jobs such as car parking to do. So please come forward and volunteer.
Video of 2012 Match
Have a look at the excellent video by Avalon Productions of the 2012 Match At Hatford. Just click on the video page.